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Port Neches city council sells land with white cross to church

Port Neches City Council members have found a solution to put an end to a controversy centering on a white cross at Port Neches Park.

Thursday afternoon, the council voted to sell the 20x20 parcel of land , where the cross is located, to the First United Methodist Church of Port Neches.

City Manager Andre Wimer says the spot was sold for $100.

The cross became the center of controversy when the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation asked Port Neches to remove the cross, considering it a violation of separation of church and state.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation demanded the city take down the cross and threatened a lawsuit

Sources tell KFDM and Six News on Fox the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been contacted and may release a statement Friday.

Southeast Texans began a white cross campaign and placed thousands of small white crosses outside businesses and homes across the area to show their solidarity with the city.

This was one of several battles between government and religion that drew national spotlight to Southeast Texas including the nativity scene in front of Orange City Hall and the Kountze High School cheerleaders religious banners case.

KFDM and 6 News on Fox spoke with David Starnes, an attorney who represented the Kountze cheerleaders in their case against the foundation.

He told us " It's refreshing to see a government stand up to the bully tactic of the freedom from religion foundation when so many others give up out of fear or ignorance or both," said Starnes.

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